It’s an age-old question – do we stop moving as much because we get older, or get older because we stop moving around as much?28-11-2019
Most of us will have seen the despondent face on a relative or friend who has just been told by their doctor that their aches and pains are just a symptom of “getting old”.
It’s one of many things which makes getting older such an unattractive prospect.
But what if “grinning and bearing the ageing process” was not in fact the right advice and something practical could be done to reduce discomfort? This is turn could lead to increased activity and maintenance of fitness; recognized to be one of the best ways to maintain capabilities at any age.
Health-related quality of life (HRQL) has been the cornerstone of outcomes research for three decades and increasingly is an important focus in human health measurement where instruments are developed to measure chronic disease in people through its impact on HRQL. An important goal of evidence-based medicine has been to incorporate patient reported HRQL scales to better assess clinical outcome.
It’s predictably sad that those parts of the UK with the most overweight adults also have the most overweight pets, […]
We are all used to seeing a stiff old dog, with a greying muzzle, hobbling along – gamely trying to keep up with its owner on its lead. Dog lovers might stop, kindly ruffle its ears and think “poor old thing”. Often though, it’s osteoarthritis and not age, causing the stiffness.
Canine obesity is increasing in prevalence in the UK and raises concerns about dog welfare. This study compares the health-related quality of life (HRQL) of dogs of varying body condition: overweight and obese (BCS 4 and 5) versus non-overweight (BCS 2 and 3), obese (BCS 5) versus non-overweight (BCS2 and 3) and an overall comparison between all four BCS (BCS 2, 3, 4 and 5) using a novel, validated HRQL instrument which is both web and mobile tablet / phone app based.